Academic advising is an integral part of each student's academic program. Viterbo University uses a dual advising model in which all students are assigned to a faculty advisor within their program of study and new students also have an academic advisor. The goal of all academic advising is to assist students in taking responsibility for developing meaningful educational plans that are reflective of their potential and their career and life goals. Advisors confer with students about course schedules and educational experiences, but students themselves are responsible for selecting the content of their academic program and making progress toward an academic degree.
Academic advising is a decision-making process through which students, aided by advisors, realize the maximum educational benefits available to them by better understanding themselves and learning how to use the resources of an educational institution to meet their own educational needs and aspirations.
Academic Advisement Policy
Students are required to meet with their academic advisor up to several times per semester and students are encouraged to confer with their advisor regularly about academic, career, and individual concerns. Faculty advisors hold regular office hours during school terms for students to drop in or call for an appointment. Hours are posted by the faculty advisors' office doors.
- Establish a personal relationship with your advisees.
- Be knowledgeable of advisee's program requirements, academic requirements, and university policies.
- Be readily available.
- Provide scheduling assistance.
- Discuss links between academic preparation and employment opportunities or graduate school.
- Be knowledgeable of campus resources and make referrals when appropriate.
- Provide both academic and non-academic advising.
- Monitor academic progress along with the student.
- Establish a personal relationship with your advisor.
- Assume responsibility in consultation with your advisor for being knowledgeable about degree requirements and your progress toward completion of a degree.
- Meet with your academic advisor during the semester and especially at registration time.
- Gather all relevant decision making information regarding career and/or academic decisions.
- Provide your advisor with current information about your needs and interests.
- Attend classes and be actively involved in the learning process.
- Use campus resources for your intellectual, personal, and spiritual growth.
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